By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Smith was the Rays 30th-best prospect.
With this Duda trade, it’s expected to begin the retooling for the Mets before the July 31 trade deadline. The Mets are expected to deal other players, including Asdrúbal Cabrera before the deadline.
“Mixed emotions,” Duda said of the trade. “The guys here, I’ve grown pretty close to. This is a first-class organization that treated me extremely well. I was very proud to be a New York Met, and I’m going to be very proud to be a Tampa Bay Ray.”
This move was made so that the Rays could compete with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in the AL East. The Red Sox, who are leading the division have yet to make a deal, are expecting to make one, while the Yankees already made a blockbuster deal with the Chicago White Sox to add Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.
Duda, 31-years-old, will be a free agent at the end of the season. They are also going to be paying the remainder of his $7.25 million salary for the final few months of the season.
He was most-recently with Double-A Montgomery Biscuits.
The Mets, who were considered to have a good season prior to the season, decided to be sellers with the Washington Nationals leading the NL East. They also added another arm to their farm system, as they have also had problems with their pitching depth in the Big Leagues due to injuries.
“I’m extremely excited and looking forward to starting a new step,” Duda said of the move.
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